Please note, these LeapFrog toys were provided to me for free however all thoughts and opinions are my own (and my kids!)
Last year I actually got my butt into gear, was pretty organised with all my gift giving and it was soooo much less stressful. Therefore, I am determined to do the same this year. I am doing pretty well, it’s early October and I have a few people’s gifts sorted already.
I am thinking about what my 3 boys will be getting and of course am determined to get them gifts that won’t end up forgotten about by New Years Eve.
As you will know from my previous post, Why My Boys Won’t Be Receiving New Toys This Year I’m not a fan of toys that have no educational value or are advertised as doing one thing but not living up to expectations once out of the box. I now look for toys that will engage and exercise their little brains somewhat. Therefore, I was thrilled to discover a couple of new and clever LeapFrog toys. My boys have put them to the test and I can now share with you my reviews!
Water & Count Vegetable Garden
As you might know, I have been getting into gardening a bit over the last 2 years. I try and include the boys in the planting, growing and harvesting of all the fruit and veggies we grow as I feel it’s important they understand where food actually comes from. So, when I saw this gorgeous Vegetable Garden I knew it was perfect for us.
The Water & Count Vegetable Garden is a Wheelbarrow that contains a radish, onion and carrot that your child can pretend to plant, water and dig up. As they do this they will learn the vegetable names, colours, counting and other concepts such as big and small. As they pour the watering can it will light up and make a pouring sound. There is also a light – up sun button that sings a song, a book page that illustrates what is needed for seeds to grow, a dirt mound that flips over to display a smiling mole when you dig with the trowel and a cute snail slider. The Wheelbarrow is also on wheels and has a handle to push it around.
This toy is suitable from 6 months+ so was perfect for Hudson (9 months). He loves pulling the brightly coloured vegetables out and interacting with the light up sun. He hasn’t worked out the watering can or trowel yet but another couple of months he will. As soon as I put this toy down on the mat with Hudson his big brother Flinn (4) can never resist a play and so is showing him all the features the Vegetable Garden has to offer! RRP: $44.95
LeapBuilders Fix – It Truck
If you follow me on Instagram you will know that Flinn loves his cars and trucks so when I saw this Truck I knew it would be perfect for him. The Fix – It Truck is interactive and made up of 15 special blocks, another 15 double sided recognisable blocks plus a main unit. When the recognisable blocks are inserted into the main unit it teaches the child all about objects, numbers and colours plus includes some flashing lights. There are also 3 songs, plus, the blocks are compatible with other LeapBuilder play sets!
I absolutely love toys such as this one as it really encourages their creativity and is perfect for playing either alone or with someone else. The Fix – It Truck is suitable for 18 months+ however the blocks are all big enough that I don’t worry about Hudson having a play too. The larger size also means that they are nice and easy to assemble and put together. RRP: $39.95
One last feature I love about both of these LeapFrog toys is that they can be switched off! Although I love the songs and sounds these toys make, when they randomly go off in the middle of the night those sounds suddenly seem very creepy!